A Day Without Immigrants

A Day Without Immigrants

At least a dozen local businesses closed their doors, and many Hispanic residents stayed home as...

Ways & Means brings road show to Madras

Ways & Means brings road show to Madras

Dozens of Central Oregon residents testified before the Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means...

Eagle Watch takes off Feb. 25-26

Eagle Watch takes off Feb. 25-26

Annual event celebrating eagles and other raptors will be held at Round Butte Overlook Park this...

City expands UGB at airport property

City expands UGB at airport property

Annexation of 609 acres helps streamline permit processing and adds to the city's tax base.

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February 22, 2017

January temperatures were much colder than normal

by Madras Pioneer
Average temperatures in Madras were 11 degrees colder than usual last month.
COURTESY OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION - Bottle deposits in Oregon will double to 10 cents on April 1. Under a bill proposed in the Legislature, even cans for which only a 5-cent deposit was paid can be redeemed for the full 10 cents until Sept. 1, 2018.
February 18, 2017

Oregonians could see bottle deposit windfall under bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state's bottle and can deposit will double to a dime April 1.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Emily Salisbury, associate professor of criminal justice at University of Nevada Las Vegas and editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, speaks about women in the criminal justice system at the Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit at the Salem Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
February 16, 2017

Women's prison focus of state summit, legislative session

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Researcher tells Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit women offenders should be treated differently in effort to downsize state's prison population.


HOLLY M. GILL - When his expensive automotive diagnostic tool was stolen in a break-in either late Jan. 27, or early Jan. 28, Mark Hodges, the owner of Mark's Auto Repair, was forced to immediately purchase another. Hodges lost an estimated $17,000 worth of vehicles and tools, but two ATVs were located and returned.
February 15, 2017

Burglaries costly for local businesses

by Holly M. Gill
Since the beginning of the year, several businesses have suffered break-ins, with expensive losses.
HOLLY M. GILL - Jefferson County Fire Chief Brian Huff discusses the new fire fees at the Jefferson County Farm Fair last week.
February 15, 2017

JC Fire Department sets new fee schedule

by Holly M. Gill
Annual residential burning permits are now $25 per residence, and are required for burning barrels or other outdoor fires.
HOLLY M. GILL - Ali Alire, principal broker at Signet Realty, has been seeing an uptick in residential sales over the past year.
February 15, 2017

Residential sales prices continue to rise

by Holly M. Gill
The average cost of a home in Jefferson County has steadily increased for the past few years.
February 15, 2017

Wyden town hall set for Wednesday, Feb. 22

by Madras Pioneer
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden returns to Central Oregon next week for two town halls, including one at the Madras PAC Feb. 22.
February 15, 2017

Ways and Means Committee coming to Madras PAC Feb. 18

by Madras Pioneer
Area Oregonians will have a chance to attend a public meeting on the state's 2017-19 budget at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 18.
PHOTO BY BILL VOLLMER - From left, Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Chief Liz Heckathorn and Assistant Chief Mike Lepin, and Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue Chief Don Colfels all received recognition Feb. 11, at the Special Districts Association of Oregon's annual banquet. Jefferson County programs took home three of the seven state awards.
February 15, 2017

County residents honored at Special Districts banquet

by Madras Pioneer
Liz Heckathorn and Mike Lepin, of JCEMS, and Don Colfels of Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue took home state awards.
February 15, 2017

Counseling program a plus for district

by Susan Matheny
School District 509-J selects the superintendent search screening committee members.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Nancy Richards,of Madras, runs the Boston Marathon in 2015, and crosses the finish line in the throes of a heart attack. Since then, Richards has been working with a cardiologist to regain her health. On Feb. 12, she plans to run a half-marathon, in Hillsboro.
Feb 08, 2017

Heart Health: Healing a 'broken' heart

by Holly M. Gill
Nancy Richards suffered a heart attack near the end of the Boston Marathon in 2015, but is now back to running.
SUSAN MATHENY - Mike Britton, the general manager of North Unit Irrigation District, gives the water report for local irrigators.
Feb 08, 2017

Winter weather helps water outlook

by Susan Matheny
Snow and rain keep falling, increasing the levels of the reservoirs, and improving the water outlook.
SUBMITTED PHOTO/ILLUSTRATION - The new pavilion at the Culver Veterans Memorial Park will be located on the east side of the park (at right), just south of the ball fields, and include a restroom, and other features.
Feb 08, 2017

Culver pavilion planned thanks to grant

by Denise Woods
The city of Culver is adding a pavilion and restroom on the east side of the Veterans Memorial Park.
Feb 08, 2017

Madras looking for volunteers for posts

by Madras Pioneer
The city of Madras has openings on parks and public works, and forestry commissions, as well as the Madras City Council.
PIONEER FILE PHOTO - The Oregon Legislature's Joint Committee on Ways and Means will meet at the Madras Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1-3 p.m. The committee, which sets budget priorities, will take input from the public at the session.
Feb 08, 2017

State Ways and Means Committee to meet at Performing Arts Center

by Holly M. Gill
The Legislature's joint committee will take comments from the public in Madras Feb. 18, as they set budget priorities.
Feb 08, 2017

Public hearing at fire department

by Madras PIoneer
Comments sought on the transfer of fire equipment between fire departments
Feb 08, 2017

Center offers respite care

by Madras Pioneer
Thelma's Place, a Redmond nonprofit, serves county residents with family members suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.
DESCHUTES COUNTY JAIL PHOTOS - Alisha Bryden and Jeremiah Degraw are charged with kidnapping, assault and robbery for taking a couple from their room at Crooked River Ranch.
Feb 01, 2017

Pair face charges of kidnapping, assault

by Madras Pioneer
A Crooked River Ranch couple was taken from their room in a residence, assaulted, and eventually released.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A neon green tag on the back of a large, red-bodied sockeye salmon (at left)  indicates that it was captured at a fish trap and released upstream. Kokanee – smaller salmon that don't migrate to the ocean —surround the sockeye.
Feb 01, 2017

Lab results show 536 sockeye returned to hyro project

by Madras Pioneer
Genetic tests confirm that sockeye salmon were native to the Deschutes basin.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kevin Richards, of Madras, was honored with the Oregon Farm Bureau's Top Hand Award during the bureau's 84th annual meeting in Salem. The bureau cited his extraordinary time, energy and leadership.
Feb 01, 2017

Oregon Farm Bureau honors second-generation farmer

by Madras Pioneer
In 2013, Kevin Richards returned to the family farm and Madras, where he has been making a difference.